Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner VitusWeihenstephaner Vitus

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our light-coloured, spicy single-bock, “Vitus” is saturated with fine yeast and a creamy foam. It is a specialty with a round character based on the extra long storage time. The fruity smell of dried apricots joins aromas of citrus, cloves and hints of banana. Full-bodied and sparkling with an effervescent mouthfeel. Thus, the Vitus does not taste like a typical Bock beer but more like a noble, fruity wheat beer. Perfect with red meat, strong cheese and also able to guide desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

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Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Tops, inside a tasting snifter.

Pours a pale tangerine, very hazy. A one-finger head of fluffy white sits atop for a while before finally receding to ring, thick on one side and thin on the other.

Spicy and estery in the nose, with bananas, pears, apples, white pepper, coriander and vanilla. Damn fine.

The taste is akin to sweet pear syrup mulled with a lot of complex spices. Clove, coriander, perhaps raisins. Sweet with a very slightly drying finish. Tastes more like a heavy, sugary tripel than anything else.

Medium prickly carbonation amidst a smooth medium body that fizzes up the beer moderately as it moves. No noticeable alcohol amidst the sweetness.

Vitus is very Belgian in character. Sweet, flavorful, drinkable, but maybe a bit out of style.

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Photo of daledeee
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like hefeweisen beer. This is another offering from Weihenstephaner and is basically stronger.

This pours with a medium head and very cloudy. The head goes away but leaves a small bubbly top. Lace was not very evident. Nose is fruity, yeasty and a tad spicy. Taste is not as complex as the Hefeweisbier which is truly a favorite of mine. The fruit is nice the yeast/bread taste is nice but something is just not quite there. I will enjoy this beer again though as this is better than any American wheat I have tried.

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Photo of mbudner
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A- Has a hazy orange color that seems to glow when held up anywhere near the light. Looks like a slightly darker/more orange version of their Hefeweiss. I have limited experiences with Weizenbocks, but this does not look as dark as the other I have seen. Great fluffy, 3-finger head that dissipates at a medium rate leaving almost no lacing.

S-Smells of sweet sugary malts, cloves, and bubblegum. Also, I get some lemon or orange.

T- I get some banana, bubblegum, slight amount of booze/ester flavors in the finish, but from what I read this is something to be expected in the style (I experienced the same with Aventinus, but Vitus seems to be a markedly different beer even though the two are of the same style.) I'm getting spices other than cloves, but do not have the ability to discern them all...just get a "spiciness."

M- Nice crisp carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Little bit of hear in the throat from the booze requisite in the style.

D- Drinks like a much lower ABV. I could drink this all night. While the flavors are complex, there's nothing too prominent to offend the palate in excessive amounts. The bubblegum makes it very easy drinking.

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Photo of aasher
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into my Founders snifter. The appearance is a golden, cloudy, murky, dulled orange with a one finger bright white head. It looks near identical to their Hefe. It smells of wheat, yeast, coriander, light spices and some orange. I didn't expect that. It's definitely interesting. It tastes of yeast and oranges with a hint of cloves and banana. It's actually pretty similar to the Hefe. It drinks exceptionally smooth and medium in body. The only knock is that it can be a little sweet at times. Overall it's another good beer from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-25-08

Pours a super cloudy pale yellow, with lots of bubbles and a thick, creamy white head. The head leaves ultra thick lacing behind, almost like whipped cream.

Smell is very sweet and almost Belgian, with a hint of light fruitiness.

Taste is much like the smell, light and fruity, with a huge yeast character. Much lighter than I expected.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. The thickness is just right and the carbonation hits all the right places.

Drinkability is very good, though just a little on the sweet side.

Overall, different from other weizenbocks I've had. I was expecting it to be more malt-centric, but it's the yeast that steals the show.

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Photo of PelhamCellar
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy, light golden color. Medium head with not much lacing.
Smell was banana and bubblegum with maybe a bit of the apricot and clove that others have noted.
Taste was definitely apricot and banana with a little bit more clove as the beer warmed up. Very little lingering taste.
Overall, a solid beer that hides the alcohol well. For those that like beers with strong fruit flavors, you'll like this a lot. Weizenbocks (esp. Aventinus Tap 6) are sometimes recommended as aging candidates but I definitely don't think aging will change or improve this one. If you have it, drink it now.

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Photo of mully
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light gold/ straw color -- looks a little like a macro lager with a thick white head.

lemon and wheat nice citrus aroma and distince wheat yeast scents a little honey sweetness as well

Bananas pineapples and booze step to the front. citrus comes in a little later. Booze is not overwhelmeing but present in the first sip or two. Honey malt sweetness is welcome and not over powering or cloying.

Very smooth feel, good carbonation keeps the sweetness from sticking to your mouth, maintaining a fine balance.

This is a drinkable beer, better suited to a cool evening opposed to this witner night, the abv settels inwell in either case though.

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Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a wiezen glass. Label is typical of Weihenstephaner, classic and simple. No freshness date, but 7327 is printed on the back label. I picked this up a few months ago in Indiana.

Appearance: Pours with a massive 6 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly, eventually dropping to a puffy and uneven 2 finger coating of foam. Some spotty lacing. The beer itself is a hazy, pale yellow with hints of orange. A well compacted ring of sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Wheat twang, slight sourness. Some honey notes.

Taste: Sweetness upfront, sticks around well into the sip. Mild orange Crush like flavors in the finish. Overall, slightly acidic feel.

Mouthfeel: Significant carbonation bite typical of German wheat beers. Body is good.

Drinkability: This one certainly hides the ABV well. I honestly think that if someone were to present this to me as a standard hefeweizen, I wouldn't know the difference.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured a hazy golden bright yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sugar, banana, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt banana, bread, fruit, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. All of the right notes that one would expect were going on in this one. This fact made it quite enjoyable and definitely a good start for anyone looking to try something new. All of the flavors and aromas were on-point on this one. This made it quite easy to drink and was enjoyable for all in attendance at the tasting where I sampled it. Definitely worth your time if you have not had it or if you want to try a solid brew in the style.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copious effervescence, cloudy dark straw colour with good white foam

S: all the classic phenols, cloves, banana, citrus and of course yeast

T: at first sip, tastes like a top grade hefeweizen, banana and vanilla flavour with clean finish

M: just the right amount of carbonation to provide some astringency to prevent this fairly sweet beer from becoming cloying -

O: probably one of the best weizenbocks I've ever had (either this is an excellent beer, or I need to drink more of this genre . . . yes.)

Excellent price point for the quality of this beer, Would definitely put this on rotation as a go to Spring/summer beer.

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Photo of musicforairports
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden/straw-colored, really big, fluffy head that lasts the whole way. No lacing, really.

Smells of banana, clove and decent citrus. A strong "weizen"-type yeasty aroma.

Taste is full of the flavors in the nose as well as some malty sweetness. Pretty smooth and fruity in flavor. Good for the style.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and makes you realize this is a sturdy beer, not a light, crisp summer wheat.

Overall this is really good for the style. I like the smoothness of the yeasty flavors.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with an orange hue. The head is a couple fingers of creamy white that takes its time to fade and laces spots. Smells spicy, banana, pepper, coriander and clove. Taste begins with sweet malt followed by the wheat and spice. Medium in the mouth and a delightful twist on a wheat beer. So drinkable that it would be a delight to session.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Kodiak's, Farmingdale, NY.

Poured a bright deep straw hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an estery yeast, spicy wheat and round sweet malts.

The taste was a smooth blend of yeast esters (banana, clove) and full sweet malt. There was a touch of booziness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a nice chew.

Overall an excellent full flavored weizenbock.

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Photo of schwemjw
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with a huge white head.

S: Coriander, clove and banana hit the nostrils all at once. Very spicy. Wheat begins to creep in with slight bread, lemon and citrus. Very spicy.

T: An overdose of banana immediately comes through along with wheat. tart citrus in the middle and finish with spice and clove and cinnamon interplaying with all these flavors.

M: Crisp and clean with a quick finish. Perfectly carbonated.

O: Relaxing. Very refreshing and easy drinking with a deceptive flavors! Delicious. /90

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden/light amber color with a finger of white head that fades to just a layer.

Smell: Some sweetness from the malt, but not as much as I expected. There is a banana like fruit note. Also has a very herbal smell to it.

Taste: Very crisp and bready. Has a mild banana note along with some herbal notes. My first comment was that it tastes like herbal banana bread.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with lots of very smooth carbonation. The finish has a very little dryness to it.

Overall: I am really glad this beer wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be. Nice and smooth, an easy drinker.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Weihenstephaner's Vitus a couple weeks ago for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. I have been meaning to try more beers from this brewery since they made such a goof first impression for me with Korbinian, so I decided to give their Weizenbock a try, lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from 500ml brown bottle into a weizen glass.

A- The label is a little plain and has a vintage look to it, it doesn't look as good Korbinian did. It poured a hazy straw yellow color with a big four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and a little spotty lacing. The color was a lot lighter then I was expecting but it still looks good and it had plenty of head, it's a good looking beer.

S- The aroma starts off very fruity and floral, with some bananas, orange peel, lemon peel and some bubble gum showing up first then after that I get a pretty floral aroma that may be from the hops. Next I get some wheat and bread aromas followed by a good amount of yeasty spices, mainly clove and white pepper. This beer smelled like a Heffeweizen on sterioids, its pretty complex, but it didn't have that rich aroma that I like about Weizenbock's.

T- The taste seems to have as much going on as the aroma did. It starts off with some malty wheat flavors which is quickly followed by lots of bananas, orange peel, and bubble gum. Next comes the spicy yeast that has more peppery flavors then clove flavors and is followed by a light floral taste. The alcohol was hidden well, and it had a low amount of bitterness on the finish with a Heffeweizen like aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, I find the flavor to be much more similar to an imperial version of a Heffeweizen then it is to the other Weizenbock's I have had, it's still good though.

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing, on the full side of being light bodied, and it had a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel worked well with this beer, it was a good fit.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was a good Weizenbock, but it was much more different then all the other ones I have had, I haven't tried much of the style but all the ones I have had prior to this one were much darker and had some roast to it to go with those banana and spicy yeast flavors, so I am little confused by this beer, but this brewery is one of the oldest so it could be that this is what a true Weizenbock is like and the all the american ones I had have took the non traditional road, I am going to have to try more German Weizenbocks to figure this puzzle out. This beer had great drinkability, it went down very smooth and held my attention, I will for sure be drinking this in the summer. What I liked most about this beer was how complex the flavors were and how good it looked. There was nothing that I didn't like about this beer, it was what it was. I would for sure buy this beer again especially in the summer, and I recommend this to any Wheat beer lover. I liked this beer even though it wasn't what I was expected. Weihenstephaner comes through with a solid beer, but I think I prefer the darker ones instead, either way it was solid and I enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle - from the lcbo for around 3$

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, banana, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, bananas, and grains/bread. There is also some clove an coriander but the banana seems to be the most prominent flavour. It ends with a spicy lemon/banana aftertaste.

Overall - A dangerously drinkable beer with a great fruity and spicy flavour. You can taste the quality and the beer is a steal at 3$ a bottle. Worth picking up for sure.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Vitus @ 7.7% , a Weizenbock served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $5.30

A-pour is a light hazy gold with a off white head that has a tight fine lace leaving a solid film along the weizen glass

S-banana , wheat , some hints of citrus in the background

T-sweet tasting , very complex

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium body , easy drinking beer even with the 7.7% ABV

Ov-a classic beer from the worlds oldest brewery , yes I'd buy again

sampled alongside 2 other Weihenstephan beers (Hefeweissbier & Hefeweissbier Dunkel)

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Redteketed
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(T 12-07 BB 08-08)

Enormous rocky white head, far over the edge of original glass, pale golden color.
No doubt a wheat beer, with citrus and apple flavors, I think Golden delicious.
Sweet, mild bitter base, overwhelmed with wheat and some citrus and sweet pallets.
medium mouth feel, short wheaty aftertaste.
Good beer, drinks easy, but an ABV of 7.7 will send the man with the 'sledge'hammer soon. So I would not take more than two a night.

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Photo of hophead723
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Incredibly cloudy and unfiltered appearance with a fluffy white head. There are drooping arms of lacing that decorate the glass until the very end, although the head dissipates rather quickly to a thin cap.

Smell: Full on yeast derived banana-like aroma that is uncannily reminiscent of a Tripel. It has a surprising burst of coriander, which isn't actually present in the brewing process.

Taste: If I were blindfolded and tried this brew, I would say for certain that it is a Tripel. This is a huge compliment because this is a Weizenbock so it has a lot of flavor packed into each sip regardless of style. I perceive a slight grassy tinge from the hops, which are likely all noble varieties. No bitterness here but they do play a role.

Feel: Very silky smooth but somehow light and crisp. This is a result of the brewing process which coaxes numerous desirable traits from the scarce ingredients.

Overall: Very well executed! This is a true German beer and it tastes almost like a Saison. But to accomplish this without a split fermentation is truly genius, making this beauty a real treat. Cheers!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, banana, a small dry banana. In the the taste, bananas for sure and a hint of dry alcohol. A small alcohol like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry banana and alcohol like aftertaste. Light in color and a bit boozy, but nice.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours with a bright and cloudy polished gold color under a pure white fluffy head. Tiny streams of bubbles rise to replenish the head.

This beer greets the nose with the characteristic yeast bite trio of clove, banana and coriander. Wonderful spiciness with some mellow wheat notes underneath.

Whoa. This beer is like a normal hefe with some serious power infused into it. There isn't really any alcohol flavor, but its lends weight to the usual German wheat beer flavors. One can feel the kick as this goes down. Awesome.

The mouthfeel is heavier than a usual wheat beer, but it also has even higher carbonation. The result is a prickly powerhouse of yellow beer.

Conclusion: This is an awesome beer from one of the best breweries on this planet. This beer didn't blow my mind as many of their others have, but it impressed me as usual. This is like their normal wheat on steroids, my only complaint is that it lacks the outstanding luster and sparkle of flavor that the normal wheat has...

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Photo of Atlas1
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always enjoyed the beers from Weihenstephaner that I've had in the past. Their berliner weisse is delicious. So let's stick with the wheats and give the Weizenbock a go.

Pours an almost viscous cloudy lemon color with a pretty white tuft of foam on top. The head recedes fairly fast but leaves a healthy ring of lace. A steady stream of carbonation keeps it afloat for the duration as well. The nose is big malty banana mixed in with some lemon, starfruit, and sweet saltwater taffy. Faint pepper. Light in character, but dense like a weizenbock should be. Still, I get none of the typical weizenbock notes of strong spice or dark fruit. This one is much more citrusy in nature. But it's certainly not a bad scent. Taste is rich and malty up front, with an initial tang. That mellows out a bit to a banana smoothie taste, and ends again with a strong lemon pinch in the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is bubbly but creamy at the same time.

Man, I'm torn between giving this a really good review because I thoroughly enjoy the beer, or giving it a marginal review because I don't think it represents the style very well. Oh my, what a conundrum. Screw it, it's a good beer, even if it's not the best weizenbock. It's a bit boozy in the end, but a totally drinkable brew here. Give me more Vitus!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a yeasty-looking, hazy brew of an even straw color. The head it holds is two fingers high, and composed of big white bubbles that slowly disappear. Throughout the session little lacing is produced, despite the head retaining, in part, until the bottom of the glass. There is highly active carbonation throughout, but the liquid is otherwise opaque. The aroma is flush with ripe bananas and esters, cloves and phenols, and sour, citrusy hops that sit quite comfortably behind a heavy wheat aroma. The taste begins with a clash of bitter, drying wheat and sweet bananas. These both remain throughout the middle, with the esters peaking even further, and mixing with warm spices. As the sip trails off there are echoes of the same fruity esters, bitter lemon rind, and a curious smokiness, like that of charred meat. The aftertaste is sweet, but, if left for some time, it begins to veer towards sourness. The beer is medium to full bodied, with a comparable level of carbonation. The brew is somewhat creamy and coats the mouth, leaving it cooled and satiated. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks quite nicely.

Overall, what was best about this brew was its classically Weizenbock aroma. It contains all of the sweet and wheaty characteristics anything in the style should and, while admittedly complex, maintains a delicious simplicity to the flavors. What was curious, if anything, was the huge attention to esters, with the specificity of ripe bananas, which were observable at nearly every turn.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle picked up at Bargainica in Bellingham.

Pours a cloudy orange/golden, massive white head forms, slowly settles down to a thick layer, leaves behind a ton of chunky lacing. Very nice to look at! Smell is nice, tons of banana, yeast, wheat, spices, very fruity, some alcohol makes its way in, but quite soft. Taste is different, apples and bananas, some wheat, very yeasty, bread, cane sugar, some alcohol, more apple in the finish with a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, bit of warmth. Pretty light for a weizenbock but I like it.

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